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Not to be confused with "mahem", another name for the grey crowned crane.

The Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition (MAHEM) is a weapon being developed by DARPA that would utilize molten metal to penetrate enemy armor.[1] The molten metal would be propelled by electromagnetic fields from explosions.[2] The munition would be delivered to a target as a warhead "packaged into a missile, projectile or other platform." DARPA predicts the weapon will have greater efficiency, control, and precision than conventional explosively formed penetrators.[3]


  1. ^ Christensen, Bill (2008-04-29). "DARPA Works to Perfect Self-Forging, High-Velocity 'Spears'". Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ Hambling, David (2008-04-22). "Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon". New Scientist blogs. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  3. ^ Waller, Stephen. "MAHEM Project Site". DARPA. Retrieved 2013-01-06.